Nancy Pitman, aka Brenda McCann, is a former member of the Manson Family. Nancy first met the Manson family through her friend Deirdre Lansbury, the daughter of actress Angela Lansbury.
Nancy was born in Springfield, Illinois on January 1 , 1951. She grew up in Malibu and hung out with the rich and famous. Nancy wasn’t getting along with her parents, and they kicked her out of the house. She was looking for a new home when her friend Deirdre Lansbury introduced her to The Family.
Nancy was at Manson’s side when Manson told Tex Watson to “go to that house where Melcher used to live and kill everyone inside”. There are rumors that Nancy and Manson went to Sharon Tate’s house right after the murders to tamper with the crime scene. This is in line with the police report: “It appeared to investigating officers that someone had handled the victim, as in moving her from one location to another, and the blood from the stab wounds had been smeared over other parts of the body.”
Nancy Pitman was described by district attorney Vincent Bugliosi as a tough, vicious little girl, filled with hostility that was just waiting to erupt. According to a visitor who knew Nancy “She was NOT vicious. She was a sweet little girl, and I adored her.”
James and Lauren Willett were associates of the Manson family. After the Tate/LaBianca murder trial, Nancy Pitman, Priscilla Cooper and a pair of ex-convicts named Michael Monfort and James Craig moved into a cabin in Guerneville along with the Willetts and their infant daughter Heidi.
In 1972, the decapitated body of James Willett was found in a shallow grave with his hand sticking out of the ground. Later the body of his wife Lauren was discovered buried in the crawl space of a house in Stockton. Nancy Pitman, Michael Monfort, James Craig, Priscilla Cooper and Lynnette Fromme were arrested for the murders.
Monfort pled guilty to both murders and Nancy pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact in the murder of Lauren Willett. Nancy received a 5-year jail sentence of which she served 18 months. While incarcerated, Nancy married Monfort.
Baby Heidi was not harmed and ended up with her grandmother.
Nancy later divorced Montford, remarried and now lives somewhere in Oregon.